This guide documents OpenVault releases running on IRIX systems and SGI ProPack for Linux.
OpenVault is a package of mediation software that helps other applications manage removable media:
This facility can support a wide range of removable media libraries, as well as a variety of drives interfaced to these libraries.
The modular design of OpenVault eases the task of adding support for new robotic libraries and drives.
User interfaces are provided by OpenVault client applications, which perform I/O to drives using standard system facilities after OpenVault has mounted and loaded media for the application.
This guide describes how to administer and operate OpenVault. It also provides an introduction to tertiary storage management.
This guide is intended for administrators who set up the OpenVault system and monitor its operation, and for operators who perform prescribed storage management tasks. To use the information in this guide, you should have the following experience:
Understanding UNIX system infrastructure including devices and networking
Writing UNIX shell and Perl scripts
Using common text editors (for example, emacs, jot, nedit, or vi)
Using backup utilities such as cpio, tar, xfsdump, or IRIX NetWorker
The following is an overview of the material in this guide:
Chapter 1, “Understanding OpenVault”, describes OpenVault architecture and operation.
Chapter 2, “Installing OpenVault”, details server and client setup.
Chapter 3, “Cartridge Life Cycle”, discusses the treatment of media cartridges.
Chapter 4, “Administering OpenVault”, presents procedures for system administrators.
Chapter 5, “Operating OpenVault”, tells how to perform day-to-day operator tasks.
Chapter 6, “Reconfiguring OpenVault”, talks about changing configurations.
Chapter 7, “Tertiary Storage Management”, is a conceptual introduction to this topic.
Appendix A, “OpenVault Troubleshooting”, discusses OpenVault error conditions.
Appendix B, “OpenVault Man Pages”, lists OpenVault administration commands.
The following documents contain additional information that may be helpful:
The OpenVault Application Programmer's Guide describes the client side of OpenVault, showing how applications can make OpenVault requests in a prescribed format.
The OpenVault Infrastructure Programmer's Guide describes the server side of OpenVault, showing how to write control programs for removable media libraries and drives.
Release notes: On IRIX systems, you can view release notes by typing either grelnotes or relnotes at the command line. On SGI ProPack for Linux systems, see the documentation in /usr/share/doc/openvault-version.
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